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  • Shining in the Wood [Bar/None, 1997] A

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Shining in the Wood [Bar/None, 1997]
One young U.K. rave cites "The Stooges, The Ramones, Stereolab, Suicide and The Fall"; a middle-aged friend eavesdrops from the kitchen and asks who that is that sounds like the Beatles. In short, this EP evokes everyone and no one, except maybe pop fans who get just plain excited making songs out of Moogy drones and distaff football choruses and bang-crash drums and fab guitars and everything else they like. Not just ebullient, which is rare enough, but ebulliently anything-goes, without any neoprimitivist/neominimalist guardrails keeping them out of the abyss. Plus the kind of obscurely goofy lyrics that are so irritating in ordinary theoretical pop. Goofy--I love it. B-52's? A